Measuring the Lexical Richness of Productive Vocabulary in Iranian EFL University Students' Writing Performance

Azodi, Nazli; Karimi, Fatemeh; Vaezi, Ramin
September 2014
Theory & Practice in Language Studies;Sep2014, Vol. 4 Issue 9, p1837
Academic Journal
This quantitative study aimed at measuring L2 lexical richness of productive vocabulary in the written production of Iranian EFL university students. In fact, this work was conducted to find out how rich the productive vocabulary of Iranian EFL university students is. Productive vocabulary knowledge is to express meaning through speaking or writing, retrieve and produce the appropriate spoken or written word form (Nation, 2001). Considering the importance of size and level of this knowledge among language learners, 210 writing samples such as final examinations and homework assignments of EFL undergraduate students majoring translation at BA level in semesters 2, 4, 6, and 8 at Islamic Azad University, Khorasgan branch, were analyzed by LFP (a tool to measure lexical richness in written texts). The generated profiles matched with available vocabulary frequency lists. The results of this work indicated an increase in the students' ability to use their lexical knowledge throughout years of study at university. However, this knowledge is under the suggested threshold proposed by recent studies. The findings of the research can shed light on the relationship between vocabulary growth and different input conditions. The results of this work can provide insights for language teachers and program planners in developing appropriate materials for enriching vocabulary among learners more effectively.


Related Articles

  • The Effects of Corpus-based Activities on EFLUniversity Students' Grammar and Vocabulary and Their Attitudes toward Corpus. Elsherbini, Saneia Abdel Hameed; Ali, Amira Desouky // Journal of Research in Curriculum, Instruction & Educational Tec;Jan2017, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p133 

    No abstract available.

  • Familiarity with Collocations in EFL Context and Strategies Utilized in Translating Them into Arabic. Habtoor, Hussein Ali; Al-Swaidan, Raisah Hamad // Journal of Language Teaching & Research;Jul2019, Vol. 10 Issue 4, p724 

    This paper aims at examining the familiarity of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners at Najran University with English collocations and the strategies being used when translating them into Arabic. The data of this study are collected from 40 female EFL learners of the English Department...

  • CREATING AND TRIALLING SIX VERSIONS OF THE VOCABULARY SIZE TEST. Coxhead, Averil; Nation, Paul; Sim, Dalice // TESOLANZ Journal;2014, Vol. 22, p13 

    This paper reports on research in progress on the creation and trialling of six versions of a 20,000 version of the Vocabulary Size Test (VST) (Nation & Beglar, 2007). The VST is beginning to be used by language teachers in various contexts. Six 100 item versions of the VST were developed and...


    This paper presents a study on how the selection of vocabulary learning strategies is affected by the kind of instructional programme followed. A total of one hundred thirty-eight secondary-school learners - seventy-two CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) and fifty-six mainstream EFL...

  • Interculturality in English Language Teaching. Leão, Ana // Via Panorâmica;2018, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p36 

    UNESCO and the Council of Europe have been working on approaches in education to develop tolerance, respect for cultural diversity, and intercultural dialogue. Portugal, like many other countries, has established the intercultural domain as a goal in the foreign language curricula. Nonetheless,...

  • A Case Study of Teacher Feedback on Thai University Students' Essay Writing. Nguyen Thi Thuy Loan // GEMA Online Journal of Language Studies;May2019, Vol. 19 Issue 2, p121 

    The effectiveness of written feedback on writing is influenced by various variables, including students' proficiency levels, prior learning experiences, expectations and educational contexts. Although Thai students are reported to have serious problems in English writing, which are partly caused...

  • ACCESS TO AN AUTHENTIC CONVERSATIONAL ENVIRONMENT. STAN, Rodica Silvia // Bulletin of the University of Agricultural Sciences & Veterinary;2008, Vol. 65 Issue 2, p633 

    This paper highlights the potential of authentic conversational communication for students of technical universities, with special reference to students of the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj. The paper describes a way for foreign language teachers to set-up...

  • The relationship between TOEFL vocabulary items and meaning, association, collocation and word-class knowledge. Schmitt, N. // Language Testing;Apr99, Vol. 16 Issue 2, p189 

    In this paper the author argues that issues of construct validity should be given more prominence in the validation of lexical test items. One way of determining the construct validity of vocabulary items is to interview subjects directly after taking the items to ascertain what is actually...

  • Vocabulary Acquisition in English as a Foreign Language: Digital Gameplaying The Sims. Chioquetta Lorenset, Caroline; Soufen Tumolo, Celso Henrique // Linguagem e Ensino;Oct-Dec2019, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p1002 

    The use of digital technological resources for educational settings is a quite recent phenomenon (SAVI; ULBRICHT, 2008). Although recent research emphasizes the importance of integrating technology into the curriculum, its use can only be effective for learning if well integrated in a meaningful...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics